07/04/16 – Fourth of July

CURRENT EVENTS

Make America Great

Wk 28 Make America Great

Brexit

Wk 28 Brexit

Red Run Golf Course, Royal Oak Michigan

Support your local fireworks displays.  Many smaller communities, such as Royal Oak, have excellent fireworks displays, as the video below shows.

PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

Advertising with their super models and airbrushing skills are bombarding us with unrealistic images.  We really need to start demanding they use real people and untouched images in advertising or start avoiding those products.  If you think like the above, than you may appreciate the following.

Wk 28 Ass Study

CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

How many of us would be extraordinary, if we could just get started.

Wk 28 Unstoppable

SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

I know it is practically impossible to not gossip but at least don’t spread malicious gossip.

Wk 28 Gossip

LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

Many people talk themselves out of opportunities that could make their lives extraordinary.

Wk 28 Never let the lack of ability

MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

Wk 28 If you were dying

SELF-HELP BOOKS

George Washington’s Rules of Civility

& Decent Behavior

After reading this little book, when you  listen to the discourse in this country; you will immediately realize how far we have fallen from Washington’s day in being civil to one another.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 American Graffiti

For some of you, this film will bring back memories and others of you may find the film irrelevant.   It takes place in a time that no longer exists.  Some will find that sad; but others will find the door to opportunity has never been opened wider.

American Graffitti

American Graffiti is an American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack & Suzanne Somers.

Set in Modesto, California in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation. The film is told in a series of vignettes, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over a single evening.

LAST WEEK’S POLL  Brexit

UK

What you thought about the results of the Brexit vote results:

48% – Bad

28% – Indifferent

24% – Good

 

THIS WEEK POLL – USA

USA

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

“American Pie”

by Don McLean

I recall when this song came out, many of us were trying to figure out what the lyrics meant.  Later, Don McLean answered our question.  He said the song meant that he would never have to work again.

ART OF THE WEEK

Statute of Liberty 

I always found the Statute of Liberty best viewed on a windy day.

4th of July

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Marquis de Lafayette

 Arrival of Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834), in the U.S. often known simply as Lafayette, was a French military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War. A close friend of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette was also key figure in the French Revolution of 1789.

He became convinced that the American cause in its revolutionary war was noble, and travelled to the New World seeking glory in it. There, he was made a major-general, though initially the 19-year-old was not given troops to command.

Wounded during the Battle of Brandywine, he still managed to organize an orderly retreat. He served with distinction in the Battle of Rhode Island. In the middle of the war, he returned home to lobby for an increase in French support. He again sailed to America in 1780, and was given senior positions in the Continental Army. In 1781, troops in Virginia under his command blocked forces led by Cornwallis until other American and French forces could position themselves for the decisive Siege of Yorktown.

Lafayette died on 20 May 1834, and is buried in Picpus Cemetery in Paris, under soil from Bunker Hill. (More information is available on Wikipedia about this extraordinary individual)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

McDonald’s has asked me to inform you ladies to please stop throwing your fries on their floor.

Wk 28 Spank

BLOG

Thanks to Jo, Sue, Carolyn & Samantha, for commenting on last week’s post. I urge you to let me know what you are thinking via a blog comment.

My thanks to Splended Yoga, We Love to Workout & Katia for  following my blog (Now 72 Followers) and the 66 people who liked my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends.  Hopefully, more of you will continue to share this blog with others. My thanks to Carol, Valda, Joanne, Beverly, Robbie, Pete, Rosemarie, Dada, Jill, Kimberly, Susan & Annette for sharing my post last week on Facebook.

MY BOOK

If you know someone who is trying to change their life or that needs to change their life, please consider my book.

For those of you into reading books on a Kindle, the Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My book is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  

And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

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14 thoughts on “07/04/16 – Fourth of July

    • Tania, thanks for the comment. I must say that upon reading it, I immediately thought of Collin Raye’s song, “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It. 🙂

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  1. Good job on the blog again this week. Very entertaining. I found the American Pie video quite thought provoking and definitely a trip down memory lane. Keep up the good work!

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    • Kathy, thank you very much for commenting. I am amazed at the careers the the people who were in American Graffiti went on to have. And when I was researching American Pie, I came across Don McLean’s explanation of what the lyrics meant and just had to share that with everyone. Bill

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